Make the Dorian Mode Sound GREAT | Bonus Content

This batch of bonus content was created to expand on the material covered in this free YouTube lesson - please watch it before you get started with the content found here.

Taking the modes of the major scale and improvising with them in ways that sound like music rather than exercises is something that many intermediate players struggle with. When I first learned about the modes as a teenager, I thought that the only way to play them was to use three-note-per-string shred patterns all over the fretboard and had no clue about things like triad pairs, arpeggios and all sorts of other interesting melodic options you have when improvising with modes.

Dorian is one of the more popular and useable major scale modes and they YouTube video linked above, I demonstrated some of the melodic tools found within this mode that you can use when improvising with it. These are tools that will help you sound more musical when playing modally, including…

  • A major triad pair built from the 3rd and 4th degrees of the scale
  • A m7b5 arpeggio that you can play starting from the major 6th
  • Combining dorian with the minor pentatonic & blues scale
  • Building motifs around the major 6th - the note that makes dorian… dorian

In these 5 bonus licks you will find more examples of the above as well as a couple of licks that use a note that wasn’t heard in any of the licks from the YouTube video - that note being the raised/major 7th found within the melodic minor scale.

So, not only can you combine dorian with the minor pentatonic/blues scale… It can also sound really cool if you combine the melodic minor scale with dorian. 

This is something that I talk about in much more depth in my Advanced Concepts course, which is included as part of your subscription to the site! Definitely go and check that out if you’re new to the concept of major scale modes and the melodic minor scale BUT if you are brand new to music theory for guitar, PLEASE start with Part 1 - Master the Fretboard as you will not have a clue what I’m talking about if you jump straight to the Advanced Concepts course.

As always, if you want to share video of you playing these licks with me then please tag me in your instagram stories and posts! @rosscampbellguitarist

What's included?

  • 5 bonus lick lessons
  • Downloadable TAB files (PDF & Guitar Pro)
  • Downloadable dorian backing track
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Section 1

5 bonus licks based on Ross' YouTube lesson

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